17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

17 days in Costa Rica Itinerary

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La Fortuna de San Carlos
— 4 nights
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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
— 2 nights
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San Jose
— 2 nights
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Quepos
— 2 nights
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Jaco
— 1 night
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Monteverde
— 2 nights
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Tamarindo
— 1 night

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La Fortuna de San Carlos

Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
La Fortuna de San Carlos is known for nature, adventure, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Proyecto Asis, trek along Arenal Natura Ecological Park, and stop by Galeria Aguas Verdes.

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Sydney, Australia to La Fortuna de San Carlos is an approximately 29-hour combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Sydney to La Fortuna de San Carlos, you'll gain 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:
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River Rafting & Tubing
Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

2
nights
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Walaba

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca offers a wealth of entertainment by the sea, attracting a lively international crowd of revelers while maintaining a bright and breezy coastal charm with a local feel.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): stroll through Nature Observatorio and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cahuita National Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Puerto Viejo de Talamanca travel route planner.

Traveling by car from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to San Jose.

Things to do in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Cahuita National Park ©
Cahuita National Park
Nature Observatorio ©
Nature Observatorio

2
nights
San Jose

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take a memorable drive along Top Travel Costa Rica, then explore the world behind art at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and then walk around Parque La Sabana. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some culinary diversions at Carpe Chepe, then take an in-depth tour of Jade Museum, and then get engrossed in the history at Museo Nacional De Costa Rica.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Jose journey planner.

You can drive from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca to San Jose in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in October, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Quepos.

Things to do in San Jose

Tours · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Nightlife
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 24:
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Carpe Chepe ©
Carpe Chepe
Top Travel Costa Rica ©
Top Travel Costa Rica
Jade Museum ©
Jade Museum

2
nights
Quepos

Quepos ©
The tourist-oriented town of Quepos marks the entrance for many travelers looking to explore the nearby national park.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Manuel Antonio, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by Altair Souvenir & Gallery Shop. On the next day, walk around Parque Nahomi, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally walk around Manuel Antonio National Park.

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You can take a bus from San Jose to Quepos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Jaco.

Things to do in Quepos

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Playa Manuel Antonio ©
Playa Manuel Antonio
Nature & Wildlife Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Jaco

A seaside resort town with plenty of entertaining distractions along its attractive coastline, Jaco has long been a major tourist destination on the central Pacific coast.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): get interesting insight from Tours, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then stroll around Parque Recreativo Johannes Dankers.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jaco road trip planning tool.

Drive from Quepos to Jaco in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Monteverde.

Things to do in Jaco

Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

2
nights
Monteverde

Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
On the 28th (Wed), look for gifts at Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery and then stroll through Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ranario Monteverde Frog Pond, take in nature's colorful creations at Monteverde Orchid Garden, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally get to know the resident critters at The Bat Jungle.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Monteverde trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Jaco to Monteverde takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Tamarindo.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks · Wildlife · Adventure · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve ©
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve
Monteverde Orchid Garden ©
Monteverde Orchid Garden

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Tamarindo

Surfing remains the main reason to take a trip to Tamarindo, as the beachside town is mostly known for its excellent waves.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): kick back and relax at Tamarindo Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then look for gifts at Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tamarindo holiday planner.

Drive from Monteverde to Tamarindo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tamarindo

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Boat Tours & Water Sports
Tamarindo Beach ©
Tamarindo Beach
Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa ©
Organic Products by Coco Beauty Spa

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